Gophers take two from UW

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin softball team put up a hard fight against a quality opponent but dropped both games of its doubleheader with No. 5 Minnesota (39-3, 13-1), falling 6-0 in a 12-inning opener before giving up a 12-1 decision in game two.

Wisconsin (27-10, 6-8) kept the Gophers in a defensive battle in game one as the matchup remained scoreless until the top of the 12th inning.

In the top of the third inning senior Kirsten Stevens came in to pitch after Minnesota put two on base. After throwing six consecutive balls, Stevens struck out MaKenna Partain to escape the bases-loaded situation.

Later, in the top of the eighth, senior catcher Chloe Miller ran down Ellie Cowger along the third base line and tagged her out to keep the Gophers scoreless in extras.

Minnesota's bats exploded in the 12th, scoring six runs in the top half of the inning. Wisconsin was able to put sophomore Kelly Welsh in scoring position in the bottom of the inning but the Gophers closed out the frame and took the 6-0 victory.

Minnesota kept the momentum rolling into the second game, putting up five runs in the first inning.

The Badgers held the Gophers scoreless for the next three innings before UM put up seven runs on seven hits in the top of the fifth

Jenkins sent a single through the left side, advancing Welsh who reached on a four-pitch walk. Miller stepped up and doubled to left, scoring Welsh to make the score 12-1.